Deputy Chief Jakari Young Named Next Daytona Beach Police Chief.
Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
City Manager James Chisholm announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Jakari Young as Daytona Beach’s next police chief.
Young will be the department’s first African American chief and the 17th chief since 1919. Young was named Deputy Chief back in 2017 but has been an active member of the command staff for the past six years.
“I believe Jakari’s the right choice to serve as Daytona Beach’s next police chief. He knows our community, has a stellar track record, and has the respect of his peers. He has established himself as a competent law enforcement professional and is well qualified to lead our department,” said Chisholm.
“I would like to thank our City Manager James Chisholm for providing me this opportunity,” Young said, “I am extremely humbled and honored to lead this great organization. The dedication, commitment, and professionalism displayed by the men and women of this department are second to none, and I couldn’t be any prouder to be their leader. I am also extremely excited to be able to continue to both serve and partner with our 68,000 plus residents and business owners daily while executing 21st-century policing strategies to both reduce and prevent crime.” He added, “Much love and respect to my friend, mentor and predecessor Chief Craig Capri for all of his support and guidance throughout my career. I wish him nothing but the best in all future endeavors.”
During his 19-year tenure with the Daytona Beach Police Department, Young has worked in various operational and administrative capacities, including the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations, Special Response Team, Crisis Intervention Team, and the Office of Professional Standards. He has been acknowledged with several awards and accolades throughout his career, including multiple Medals of Merit, Chief’s Awards, commendations, and the Bernard Schneider Award.
Chief Young will take over as police chief on Friday, Nov. 6. Hewill take his oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony Friday, Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, off Ridgewood Ave., in Daytona Beach. Mayor Derrick L. Henry will administer the oath.
Young will replace outgoing Chief Craig Capri, who is retiring from the Daytona Beach Police Department after a 30-year career. Capri served as police chief since 2017.